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Find more Top 10 Romance Fiction
The top romance novels reviewed in the last 12 months feature smart, strong, and witty women rescuing animals, creating elegant dresses, studying medicine, and falling in love with men who truly cherish their wonderful, authentic selves.
Animal Magnetism. By Jill Shalvis. 2011. Berkley Sensation, paper, $7.99 (9780425239810).
Shalvis orchestrates a budding relationship between a commitment-shy former Special Forces pilot and a gutsy animal rescuer in the superlative launch of a new series set in Idaho’s Bitterroot Mountains.
Call Me Irresistible. By Susan Elizabeth Phillips. 2011. Morrow, $25.99 (9780061351525).
Everyone blames Meg for her best friend’s decision to leave Ted at the altar in RITA Award–winning Phillips’ irresistibly lively romantic comedy.
Cloudy with a Chance of Marriage. By Kieran Kramer. 2011. St. Martin’s, paper, $7.99 (9780312374037).
How can Jilly run a respectable bookshop if her neighbor, a Royal Navy captain, keeps throwing wild parties? Kramer’s devilishly clever plot makes for a laugh-out-loud, sweet Regency romance.
The Counterfeit Bride. By Nancy J. Parra. 2011. Avalon, $23.95 (9780803476622).
In Parra’s latest masterful romance, Lillian pretends to have an absent soldier husband when she opens a store in late-nineteenth-century Colorado, only to have her bluff called by a man investigating a counterfeit ring.
How to Marry a Duke. By Vicky Dreiling. 2011. Hachette/Forever, paper, $7.99 (9780446565370).
An enchanting Regency romance debut involving a rake and a matchmaker, a tricky dilemma, and witty repartee.
The Lady of the Storm. By Kathryne Kennedy. 2011. Sourcebooks/Casablanca, paper, $7.99 (9781402236532).
Blacksmith Giles is charged with protecting Cecily, who is half elf, in this superb story of suspense, magic, and passion, the second in Kennedy’s thrilling and distinctive Elven Lords series.
Lord Langley Is Back in Town. By Elizabeth Boyle. 2011. Avon, paper, $7.99 (9780061783517).
Lord Langley has a plan to outmaneuver his enemies, if only Minerva doesn’t decide to kill him herself in RITA Award–winning Boyle’s luscious conclusion to her dazzling Widows of Standon trilogy.
The Naked King. By Sally MacKenzie. 2011. Zebra, paper, $6.99 (9781420102550).
Young Lady Anne Marston, secretly ruined, believes she isn’t worthy of marriage, but the man called King of Hearts couldn’t care less about scandal in this wonderful addition to MacKenzie’s delectable Naked series.
Only Mine. By Susan Mallery. 2011. HQN, paper, $7.99 (9780373775880).
Alaska pilot Finn is furious when his twin brothers drop out of college to appear on a reality-television show, True Love or Fool’s Gold, in Mallery’s witty, emotion-packed romance.
The Return of Black Douglas. By Elaine Coffman. 2011. Sourcebooks/Casablanca, paper, $7.99 (9781402250743).
Twins Isobella and Elizabeth visit the grave of Sir James, a relative known as the Black Douglas, and find themselves transported to sixteenth-century Scotland in Coffman’s delightful time-travel romance.
An Unlikely Suitor. By Nancy Moser. 2011. Bethany, paper, $14.99 (9780764207525).
Italian immigrant and dressmaker Lucy Scarpelli finds herself in an unlikely friendship with a socialite, which leads to forbidden love and danger in Christy Award–winning Moser’s historical tale of resilient, uncompromising women.
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